A VITAL Vale bus service needs volunteers to continue operating.

Anyone in Barry who think they may be able to give three hours of their week on a Thursday morning to transport older residents from Llandough to ASDA and Tesco supermarkets to help them with shopping is asked to come forward and save the valuable service.

The service - which began in 2002 - has been inactive for several weeks as no replacements have been found for existing drivers John Huish and Clive Carryett who both turn 70 this year. This means they will be ineligible for insurance.

Ron Land, a regular bus user, is dreading the future without it, he said: “This bus provides a lifeline to us all. It would be almost impossible for me to get my shopping otherwise.

"John and Clive have both been brilliant and I just really hope someone else will be able to fill their shoes and keep this bus going."

Current driver and former Community Councillor John Huish said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed providing this service, it is very rewarding.

"I am very sad to think that the bus may no longer be running and would appeal to anyone to consider playing a part in retaining it."

Councillor Kate Edmunds is urging anyone who has time available and is interested in making a difference in the community to consider helping out.

Two people are needed for three hours a week on a Thursday morning - one to drive and one to help the passengers.

If you are interested in getting involved contact Llandough Community Council Clerk Paul Egan on 01446 409294 or at p.egan67@ntlworld.com